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ACTIVE Network to be Acquired by Vista Equity Partners


activelogo.pngSAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 30, 2013-- ACTIVE Network (NYSE: ACTV), the leader in cloud-based Activity and Participant Management™ (APM) solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Vista Equity Partners ("Vista"), a leading private equity firm focused on investments in software, data and technology-enabled businesses, in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $1.05 billion.

Under the terms of the agreement Vista will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of ACTIVE's common stock for $14.50 per share in cash, representing a premium of approximately 111% to ACTIVE's year to date average closing stock price. The ACTIVE Board of Directors unanimously recommends that ACTIVE stockholders tender their shares in the tender offer.

"This announcement represents a very positive event for our stockholders and allows ACTIVE to build on its success to date," said Jon Belmonte, Interim CEO of ACTIVE Network. "We believe the partnership with Vista will position us to execute on our strategy and further enhance our industry leadership. For our customers, we will continue to focus on delivering the strongest product offerings through our advanced technology platform," concluded Mr. Belmonte.

"ACTIVE Network's leadership position in cloud-based Activity and Participant Management™ (APM) solutions make it a highly attractive investment for us," said Robert F. Smith, CEO and founder of Vista Equity Partners. "We are looking forward to working with the ACTIVE team and continuing to drive the next phase of ACTIVE's growth."

Any shares not tendered in the offer will be acquired in a second-step merger at the same cash price as paid in the tender offer. Closing of the transaction is conditioned upon, among other things, satisfaction of a minimum tender condition, expiration or termination of any waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, receipt of funding under Vista's financing agreements and other customary closing conditions. ACTIVE expects the transaction to close before the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. Upon the completion of the transaction, ACTIVE will become a privately held company.

Citi is serving as financial advisor to ACTIVE. BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as financial advisor to Vista. DLA Piper LLP (US) is acting as ACTIVE's legal advisor. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as Vista's legal advisor. BofA Merrill Lynch, RBC Capital Markets, and BMO Capital Markets Corp. have agreed to provide debt financing in connection with the transaction.

For further information regarding the terms and conditions contained in the definitive merger agreement, please see ACTIVE's Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed in connection with this transaction.

ACTIVE Network plans to release its third quarter earnings after market close on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 and does not intend to hold a conference call to discuss earnings given the announced sale of the company.

About ACTIVE Network
ACTIVE Network is the leading provider of Activity and Participant Management™ solutions. Our technology platform makes managing and operating all types of activities, events and organizations smarter and more efficient. We power over 55,000 global customers and build leading vertical technology applications for the markets we serve. Our leading ACTIVE Works cloud platform scales with our customers, large and small. ACTIVE Network was founded in 1999, is headquartered in San Diego, California, and has offices worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.activenetwork.com or follow us @ACTIVENetwork.

About Vista Equity Partners
Vista Equity Partners, a U.S. based private equity firm with offices in San Francisco, Chicago and Austin, currently invests over $7 billion in capital committed to dynamic, successful technology-based organizations led by world-class management teams with long-term perspective. Vista is a value-added investor, contributing professional expertise and multi-level support towards companies realizing their full potential. Vista's investment approach is anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions, and proven management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity in private equity investing. For further information please visit www.vistaequitypartners.com.